Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dies, age estimated at 91

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud speaks at his private residence in Jeddah in June 2014. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Press Pool

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud has died at about age 91, according to a royal court statement read on state television early Friday morning local time.

Crown Prince Salman has been declared king and Prince Muqrin became Crown Prince, according to the statement.

Born before his father founded the modern Saudi state in 1932, King Abdullah focused his final years on internal and external security threats to a nation he had seen grow into an oil giant and center of political and religious power in the region.

His death removes a bulwark against the democratic and Islamist movements that have roiled the rest of the Arab world since the uprisings of 2011, though his immediate successors are seen as just as conservative as he was, or more.

In one of his final statements, an address before the consultative Shoura Council read by his half-brother and heir to the throne earlier this month, Abdullah emphasized that his country was “blessed with security and stability” in the heart of a volatile region.

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  • I’m just not feelin the grief somehow.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      I’m hoping that their kingdom, due to falling oil prices and Abdullah’s death, soon falls into absolute chaos.

      The kind of absolute chaos that makes neighbouring Yemen look like the picture of stability.

      • EarlyBird

        Chaos in that sand trap over there means the same thing as status quo here : the mess they’re in. I’m rejoicing to soon learn that ISIS will finally get back to the mother land give her the kiss of death.

        Finally we’ll never have to suffer that ridiculous dyed mustache and chin beard ever again.

        I expect Obama to take a selfie at the funeral just like at Mandela’s.

      • Justin

        A VERY HUGE AMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNN
        TO THAT!

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Their funerals have incredible mosh pits…I especially relish watching the casket-surfing…

    • Frau Katze

      Gary Rumain calls it “coffin tossing.”

      • Clausewitz

        You have to drop the g.

  • Raymond Cameron

    The door is open for the islamic state. Wait and see…

  • ontario john

    I heard a thousand Christians and black slaves will be beheaded as part of the funeral.

  • The big question is will Obama attend the funeral of the man he first bowed to after his inauguration?

    • Frau Katze

      Don’t they have to bury him within 24 hours? May not be time.

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        Under ideal circumstances it’s ‘in the ground by sundown’.
        (Profiteer Muhammad didn’t want his followers mourning their dead family and friends; many of whom died fighting for the Profiteer.)

        That being said, Abdullah is getting buried on Friday.
        We all know how passionate Muslims can get on Fridays.

        Do expect a lot of security for the funeral.

  • Freedom

    The new King Salman is 79 and his son Muqrin is the guy who will be
    the next king and I believe will be really running things in the country

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqrin_bin_Abdul-Aziz_Al_Saud

  • Santos2

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Martin B

    The royal livestock are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

    http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5276/kingabdullahsaudi.jpg

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      That’s a great idea, Martin!

      #KingAbdullah is trending on Twitter too….

      https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KingAbdullah&src=tyah

      My first offering, Tweeted as well……

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      Here’s a few more photos in tribute to the dead ‘king’.

      Feel free, anyone, to Tweet them under the hashtag ‘#KingAbdullah’

      • Frau Katze

        I wish Twitter worked better from the iPad. I think I need get a new one (no space left to download the app. The web version keeps crashing Safari). It’s now over three years old, ancient by current standards.

  • Hard Little Machine

    His replacement has dementia. That sounds like a great plan.

    • Clausewitz

      Could be an improvement for the rest of the world.

  • Interim King Salman has denied responsibility for Islamic “charities” links to terrorism:

    http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/testimony/22.pdf

  • ntt1

    they have come a long way from being a band of desert brigands with a few goats
    and thats still what they are at heart,

    • Linda1000

      Actually, they’ve accomplished quite a lot in just over a 100 years considering their nomadic Bedouin history. King Abdullah was highy regarded internationally and he did keep the country stable. There will be at least three days or maybe a week of mourning now for the whole country.

    • just a thought

      yeah, now they have a LOT of goats, a veritable success story to marvel at and emulate.

  • Canadian

    Obola lost a friend.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    I’m enjoying watching the folks at CNN International polish Abdullah al-Turd, going on about all that he did for women in the country in comparison to the previous al-Saud kings.

    Never mind that Abdullah still died with the opinion that women shouldn’t drive cars.

    • Frau Katze

      LOL!